Exam Time, Nap Time

Exams, exams, exams; will it ever end? The sight of coffee cups, tired bags under the eyes and a pile of books a mile high seem to be the university’s new aesthetic. It feels like it’s do or die on a daily basis, but does it have to be this way?

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Undercover Professors

We’ve all done it, sat in the back of the lecture room and had a bit of a moan about the professor. But, imagine if the person sat next to you was a professor! The horror most of us would feel would be unmatched, forcing us to leave the country at a minimum and blast off into the blackness of space at worst.

Unfortunately for the students of Northern Essex Community College, in Massachusetts, USA, one professor took it a step further. He enrolled himself as a full-time student. A professor of organic chemistry enrolled to study a liberal arts BA, in an effort to help himself better understand what it is like to be a student in the modern university environment.

This is what happened when Professor Mike Cross released his inner Nancy Drew.

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Duck, Duck, Mortar Board!

Graduation has never been safer – thanks to the efforts of universities to ban the dangerous act of throwing motor boards after graduation proceedings. This trend began at the University of East Anglia, but fear not; it is sure to spread across the country like a wildfire of spectacular health and safety protocol.

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Take a Break!

Let’s be honest, nobody loves revision, but it’s a necessary evil when you’re studying. You’re most likely researching revision techniques right now, but knowing how to make the most out of your revision isn’t just about memorising. Having breaks from studying is just as important; resting your brain will let you be more productive later on.

And who doesn’t like an excuse to not look at the books anymore?

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7 Things You Never Knew About Lancaster

Lancaster is a city full of hidden nooks and crannies, interesting stories and a rich history to get lost in. But, there are still a lot of things that people who have lived here their whole lives may not know. Here is a collection of some interesting titbits about the fair city of Lancaster that you may have never heard!

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Spotlight on…

spotlightThis week we turn the spotlight on one of CityBlock’s newest recruits  Katie Hodgson as she answers our top questions!

Katie is the Brand & Marketing Manager at CityBlock, providing 12 month maternity cover for Suzanne Parker! She is responsible for the marketing of our high quality student accommodation blocks and company brand.  A key member of the team, Katie develops, implements, manages and evaluates marketing strategies and campaigns.

1. Describe yourself in 3 words/phrases

Fun, adventurous & sociable!

2. What’s your favourite film?

I love anything directed by Wes Anderson! …Or anything Marvel!

3. If you could invite 3 people to a dinner party, who would they be (past or present)?

This is a tough one…. it would have to be James Cordon, Alex Turner and Sir David Attenborough.

4. What’s your favourite thing about working at CityBlock?

The people I work with, the residents… and my job!

5. If you could be invisible for the day, what would you do?

Swim with whales and pet a Lion.

6. What’s been your greatest achievement?

Being accepted to Copenhagen Business School for my degree and moving to Denmark!

7. Who’s your secret celebrity crush?

Chris Hemsworth.

8. What’s your favourite meal?


9. What did you want to be when you were little?

A Mermaid

10. If you were on mastermind, what would be your chosen subject?



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Why You Need to Visit Lancaster Castle

We previously talked about what the city of Lancaster has to offer and how you can enjoy the varied nightlife, as well as admire the beautiful architecture. Amongst the stunning historic buildings you can visit is Lancaster castle, which is thought to date back to the 11th century. This medieval castle is located on a hill top and offers a beautiful view of the city; it’s also still used as a Crown Court today, which is a magnificently decorated room you won’t want to leave once you’ve entered! Continue reading

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What’s Amazing About Lancaster?

Situated in the county of Lancashire, Lancaster is a historical city that still retains stunning examples of Georgian architecture. The city has a wide range of entertainment and cultural venues, suitable for every individual preference. Whether you like to go out clubbing or have a relaxing walk in the local park, Lancaster has you covered.

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I Need Help! 4 Exam Preparation Tips You Need to Know

There’s one thing on the mind of pretty much every student right now – and that’s exams.

It’s okay, we’ve all been there. We know exactly how nerve-wracking it can be, especially with the temptation of summer looming behind the exam period.

However, exams don’t need to be so scary. Like most things in life, a little preparation goes a long way – and exams are no different! Follow our helpful exam preparation tips, and you’ll be set for exam success!

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Take a CityBlock 360 Tour!

Looking for accommodation is a stressful time for students; at the very least you want to make sure that a place is habitable.  That’s why booking with a reputable student accommodation provider is so important – you don’t want to experience any nasty surprises when you finally move into your new digs!

But sometimes it can be a nightmare finding the time in between commitments and Netflix to actually see where it is that you’re going to end up living. That’s why we’re offering virtual 360 tours of our student accommodation – all you need to do now is open a new browser window.

Student Accommodation

How to Use

If you’re moving far away and don’t have a chance to view the accommodation before booking, there’s always the fear that it won’t live up to your expectations; no-one wants to find themselves living in a place that is sub-standard.

Now, with our 360 degree tours, all you have to do is click on the corresponding location in order to take a tour around our various accommodation options.

Leicester Students

Student Accommodation

If you’re looking for Leicester student accommodation, choose whether you want to look around City Block 1, 2 or both. Then you have the option of what room to look around to help you decide on the style of living that you’re interested in.

Would you prefer a superior self-contained studio or a plush single en-suite? Taking a tour will help you decide!

Lancaster Students

 University Students

For those planning on moving into student accommodation in Lancaster, the process is much the same. You have the option of exploring everything from the entrance hall to the courtyard and cycle storage, as well as the various bedrooms we have on offer! If you’re torn between the three building options that we have, going on a virtual tour will help with the decision process.

So if you’re unable to visit one of our buildings, want to refresh your memory of what they’re like,  want to have a nosey before going ahead for a visit in person or just show your parents, our 360 degree tours will help put your mind at ease!

If you’d like to book one of our rooms for next year, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team for more details. You can call our Lancaster team on 01524 541 251 or our Leicester office on 0116 251 727, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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